Bush to Congress: Lift the Offshore Drilling Ban

By June 18, 2008Energy

President Bush has scheduled a statement on energy for 10:35 a.m. in the White House Rose Garden. From AP:

 “The president believes Congress shouldn’t waste any more time,” White House press secretary Dana Perino told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “He will explicitly call on Congress to … pass legislation lifting the congressional ban on safe, environmentally friendly offshore oil drilling.”

Here’s a good start, as suggested by the Institute for Energy Research: President Bush should repeal the Executive Order banning energy production on America’s outer continental shelf, an order signed by President George H.W. Bush in 1990. From the Institute’s president, Thomas J. Pyle:

Our elected representatives are paid to serve the people, but not a single person or family in the United States is served by maintaining this outdated ban on American energy production. Since the Congress has made it clear – year after year – that it does not have the courage to take decisive action, President Bush should take the first step. He has the authority to tear up one of the two bans on offshore energy production that form a wall between American consumers and affordable energy. We’re asking the president to tear down that wall.

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